Masuo Obinata

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The Pic-1, Oct-1,2, Unc-86 (POU) transcription factor Oct-4 is specifically expressed in the germ cell line, and a previous study has indicated that the expression of the lacZ gene inserted into an 18 kb genomic fragment encompassing the Oct-4 gene can come close to mimicking the endogenous embryonic expression pattern of Oct-4 in transgenic mice. In the(More)
Microorganisms are generally used for mass production of foreign gene products, but multicellular organisms such as plants have been proposed as an economical alternative. The silkworm may be useful in this context as it can be cultured easily and at low cost. We have therefore developed a virus vector to introduce foreign genes, for example, the gene for(More)
The objective of this study was to establish and characterize a retinal capillary endothelial cell line (TR-iBRB) from a newly developed transgenic rat harboring the temperature-sensitive simian virus 40 (SV 40) large T-antigen gene (Tg rat). Retinal capillary endothelial cells were isolated from a Tg rat and cultured in collagen-coated dishes at 37 degrees(More)
The p53 tumor suppressor gene, which is induced by DNA damage and/or stress stimuli, causes cells to undergo G1-arrest or apoptotic death; thus it plays an essential role in human carcinogenesis1,2. We have searched for p53-related genes by using degenerate PCR, and have identified two cDNA fragments similar to but distinct from p53: one previously(More)
p53 homologue, p51/p63, predominantly expressed in keratinocyte stem cells, is indispensable for the formation of epidermis. Notch1, another such gene indispensable for the process, induces growth arrest and differentiation in keratinocytes. We found that exogenous expression of ΔNp51B (ΔNp63α), one of the isoforms of p51 specifically expressed in basal(More)
A portion of fetal germ cells undergoes apoptosis in the physiological context, but the molecular mechanisms of their apoptosis are largely unknown. Because p53 tumor suppressor gene product promotes apoptosis in various types of cells, we have investigated the expression of p53 in fetal gonads and examined the influence of loss of p53 function in fetal(More)
The purpose of the present study was to elucidate the expression and regulation of the L-cystine transporter, system x(c) (-), in Müller cells. In this study, newly developed conditionally immortalized rat Müller cell lines (TR-MUL) from transgenic rats harboring the temperature-sensitive SV 40 large T-antigen gene were used as an in vitro model. TR-MUL(More)
In zebrafish embryos, each myotome is typically innervated by three primary motoneurons (PMNs): the caudal primary (CaP), middle primary (MiP) and rostral primary (RoP). PMN axons first exit the spinal cord through a single exit point located at the midpoint of the overlying somite, which is formed beneath the CaP cell body and is pioneered by the CaP axon.(More)
Primordial germ cells (PGCs) in mice have been recognized histologically as alkaline phosphatase (AP) activity-positive cells at 7.2 days post coitum (dpc) in the extra-embryonic mesoderm. However, mechanisms regulating PGC formation are unknown, and an appropriate in vitro system to study the mechanisms has not been established. Therefore, we have(More)
We previously cloned a gene for a novel myosin (called MysPDZ) containing a PDZ-domain from bone marrow stromal cells. This new myosin is found in humans and classified as one of the class XVIII myosins (Myo18A). Here, we report the hematopoietic cell-specific splicing isoform (MysPDZbeta) in addition to the previously reported isoform (MysPDZalpha).(More)